Germany visa

Germany welcomes a large number of visitors each year and many want to live there permanently. However, most people must have a valid visa to enter the country.

In 2019, German consulates and embassies issued 1,959,401 short-term visas and 324,636 long-term visas to foreigners.


Who Needs a Visa for Germany?

If you are coming to Germany for tourist purposes, you will not need a short-stay visa to Germany if you are a citizen of the 62 visa-exempt countries.

A German tourist visa allows its holder to stay in Germany for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. The holder is allowed to travel to Germany and 27 other Schengen countries while the visa is valid.

What Should I do if I Have to Stay in Germany for Longer Than 90 Days?

If you stay in Germany for more than 90 days and you are not a citizen of one of the countries mentioned above, you must apply for one of the German long-term visas. Long-term stay visas in Germany, unlike short-term stay visas, are issued for stays of more than 90 days and for tourism purposes that are completely different from short-term stay visas. You will only need to apply for a long-term visa in Germany if you are a national: 

  1. EU/EEA/EFTA countries
    • Australia
    • Israel
    • Japan
    • Canada
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • United States

Then, if your visa is granted, upon arrival in Germany you will need to have a German residence permit. Below are the types of residence permits in Germany depending on the purpose of the visa issued:

  1. German student residence permit – issued to students participating in an educational program, studying at a university study and be granted for the duration of the course.
  2. German residence permit – issued to people who receive a job offer in Germany after actively searching for work on a job seeker visa.
  3. German residence permit for family reunification – issued to family members of German residents for the purpose of family reunification.
  4. German EU Blue Card – residence permit for highly qualified workers who want to work in their professional field in Germany.
  5. European residence permit – issued to groups of people who want to reside in Germany in another EU country.
  6. Humanitarian residence permit in Germany – issued to people who have escaped difficult situations in their home country.
  7. Permanent residence permit – issued to settle in Germany

Types of Visas for Germany

Due to the different purposes for which a person may want to enter Germany, the German immigration authorities have established several types of visas. Here are the types of German visas you can apply for:

  1. German airport transit visa – for transit through a German airport.
  2. Schengen Visa Germany – to visit family and friends or for tourism, medical treatment, official, cultural or sporting visits.
  3. German Business Visa – to attend meetings and other professional events.
  4. Germany Student Visa is for prospective students in Germany or those who have been admitted to a university in Germany.
  5. German Language Course Visa is for prospective students in Germany who may need to complete a language course before being admitted to a university.
  6. Germany Student Intern Visa is for students who want to participate in a training program or internship in Germany that lasts more than 90 days.
  7. German Researcher Visa is for international scholars and researchers who will participate in a scientific event in Germany.
  8. The Germany Work Visa is for people with a job offer in Germany and can be used to undertake paid work.
  9. The Germany Job Search Visa is for people who are looking for attractive job opportunities in Germany but do not yet have a job offer.
  10. Independent Visa Germany is for foreign freelancers from different fields who want to enter Germany and work there as a freelancer.
  11. Family reunification visa Germany is reserved for spouses and children of people who have settled in Germany.
  12. The Medical Treatment Visa is for any international person with a health problem who wants to seek treatment in Germany.

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Where to Apply for a Germany Visa?

To apply for a short-term visa to Germany, you must apply at a German representation in your country or near you. However, if you are applying for a long-term visa, you must apply to two different offices:

  1. German Representation. For an entry visa (national D visa), you must always apply in your home country at a German embassy or consulate to be able to enter the country.
  2. Foreigners Office. When entering Germany, you must register with the Ausländerbehörde (Foreigners’ Office) to apply for a residence permit. 

How to Apply for a Germany Visa?

  1. Begin by clicking on the “Login” button, which can be found in the menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. If you haven’t registered yet, please register yourself first. After registering, proceed to log in to the panel.
  3. Once you are logged in, navigate to the menu on the left side of the panel.
  4. Select the “Visa Application Form” option from the menu.
  5. Fill out this form with the required information.
  6. Finally, submit the completed form.

Can a Germany Visa Be Revoked?

Yes, your German visa can be revoked if its conditions are no longer valid. Your German visa may also be canceled in any of the following cases:

  1. You have provided false information when applying for your visa.
  2. You have committed a crime and are considered dangerous to Germany and its values.

You can always reapply for another German visa. However, applying for another German visa may be more difficult because your visa has already been revoked once due to false information or you have committed a crime.

What If My Application Is Rejected?

If the German Embassy refuses your visa application, you will receive the reasons for this decision.
If you think the decision is unfair, you can always appeal by writing a letter of appeal against the visa refusal.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Visa to Germany?

It takes up to 15 working days to process your Germany visa application. If you are applying for a long-term visa, it may take several months to process your application.

However, remember that the processing time of your visa application depends on a number of factors such as the staff present at the visa office, the time you apply for the visa (off-season or in-season ), and whether or not you submitted a completed application.

How Much Does a Germany Visa Cost?

A Germany short-stay visa costs €80 for the main applicant.
However, the fees change based on what type of German visa you are applying for and how old you are.
For example, if you have a child under 6, their visa application is free of charge, while for children between ages 6 and 12, the cost is reduced to €40.
You are usually required to pay the fee after you complete your interview; sometimes, you can complete the visa payment when you fill out the online visa application form- it depends from country to country.
It’s important to remember that the Germany visa fee is non-refundable, even if your visa application is denied.
Also keep in mind that most German foreign missions do not accept payments from digital wallets such as Apple Pay or Google Pay; You usually have to pay by cash or credit card (you must be the cardholder).


How Long Can You Stay in Germany With a Visa?

The validity of your German visa varies depending on the type of visa you apply for:

  1. 24-hour German airport transit visa
  2. German Schengen (tourist) visa 90 days within a 180-day period
  3. German Business Visa 90 days within 180 days Phase
  4. German Student Application Visa 3 months (in case you have not been officially admitted)
  5. German Student Visa German More than 3 months (depending on the study program)
  6. German job search visa 6 months
  7. Germany Research and visiting scientist visa 3 months to 6 months (can be longer depending on research)
  8. Germany Entry visa for self-employed people 3 months
  9. Germany Long-term visa for self-employed people from 1 to 3 years
  10. Germany 3-month language course visa
  11. Germany Temporary work permit for 1 to 3 years (depending on contract)
  12. Germany Family reunion visa 1 year (initial)
  13. Germany EU Blue Card 4 years (renewable)

Please note that when you apply for a long-term visa in Germany, your first entry visa (D visa) is valid three to six months.

After entering the country, you can apply for a temporary permit for a period of one to three years, depending on your visa type.
You can then explore your options for applying for a permanent residence visa.
Germany applies the 90/180 rule for short stays, so you must calculate the length of your stay to avoid the consequences of an extended stay.
Here’s a 90/180 rule calculator you can use.

Germany Visa Extension

You can extend your German visa if you have a very convincing reason, including:

  1. Force majeure.
    This could be any type of event that is beyond your control, such as an earthquake, a hurricane, or for some reason you cannot enter your country.
  2. Personal reasons.
    Personal reasons include urgent problems that arise unexpectedly, or family problems.
  3. Humanitarian reasons.
    Examples of compassionate reasons include sudden illness, whether it’s you or a close family member.
  4. Came in late.
    You entered Germany later than the visa issuance date and you have not used the full validity of your visa.

How Do I Extend a Germany Visa?

To extend your stay in Germany, you must apply for a visa extension at the Foreigners Office in Berlin, Keplerstrasse (Ausländerbehörde).
For the registration process, you need the following documents:

  1. Your valid passport.
  2. Your valid visa.
  3. Visa extension form Germany.
  4. Proof of income.
  5. Health insurance.
  6. Any other type of document relevant to your visa type.

Please note that you must make an appointment via email with the Immigration Office to receive an extension.
If your extension request is successful, your visa will be renewed the same day.

Do I Have to Pay for a Germany Visa Extension?

You need to pay €30 for visa extension in Germany if your extension is for personal reasons or late entry.
However, if due to humanitarian reasons or force majeure, you do not have to pay the visa extension fee.
It’s important to remember that if you need a second extension, the fee is €60 for adults and €30 for minors.




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